According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Harden’s agent Rob Pelinka and Sam Presti have been meeting to discuss a deal before the Oct. 31 deadline. Good news for the Suns, James Harden most recently declined an extension for worth 52 million dollars over the course of 4 seasons.
Harden as presumed continues to push for a max deal contract as well he should. Harden is coming off a career year of winning 6th man of the year, winning an Olympic gold medal and was one of the top 4th quarter performers last season.
As much as Harden would love to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder asking a 23 year old to cough up about 8 million dollars is a lot to ask for. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports as the Thunder did in Serge Ibaka’s four-year, nearly $50 million contract extension, sources said management will try to sell Harden on incentive clauses that could get his deal closer to the $60 million he wants.
Harden should he stay in Oklahoma City will most likely have to carry on the role of being the Thunder’s 6th man which seems like a shame given his talent. The Thunder still has about 3 days to reach a deal with Harden and if they don’t, Harden will become a restricted free agent come the summer of 2013 when the Suns, Mavericks, and Rockets are expected to make a huge run at the dynamic shooting guard.